A personal message from Mastora Bakhiet, Founder of Darfur Women Networ I am calling upon you to support Darfur Women Network. If we raise $5000 during September, we can become a “Partner,” and secure a permanent spot on the GlobalGiving website. Working in partnership with them, we can bring much more awareness to the ongoing plight of women refugees from Darfur. Women in the refugee camps risk their lives daily, so they can get firewood from outside the safety of the camp. As a woman from Darfur myself, I believe that Darfuri Refugees can help determine why traditional stoves are still used despite their known risks. Once we work with the camp mothers to understand what they need in a cooking stove, we can provide them with a method of safe cooking, education, and the materials they need to succeed. By freeing them from hazardous wood gathering and laborious cooking, we can help women in the camps realize their lives can open to more than housework. Helping them establish alternative sources of income will bring them greater financial sufficiency and empower these women who have been marginalized. They will begin to recognize that we, as women, are powerful enough to make homes in the camp, and make our world a better place. With your support, Darfur Women Network will have an opportunity to protect and empower refugee women and girls who are survivors of genocide from my region, Darfur, Sudan. Since I began Darfur Women Network in 2007, 100% of the money donated to has gone straight to the projects to benefit the women and girls there and immigrants in the USA. All work has been done on a volunteer basis. Empowering these women and girls is my passion.